EPA Update: An agency our of control — its time to go!

Russ Steele

Last night at the Tea Party Forum there was lots of agreement and some disagreements. One of the questions was what agencies should be removed to help reduce our growing national debt. This was one of the areas of disagreement. Paul Emory was for keeping environmental agencies to protect the earth. George thought the EPA should be the first agency to go.

It was up to the audience to decide which view they supported. Here is an update to help you make up your mind.

DailyCaller: The EPA is asking taxpayers to fund up to 230,000 new government workers to process all the extra paperwork, at an estimated cost of $21 billion. That cost does not include the economic impact of the regulations themselves.

“Hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting functions would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year,” the EPA wrote in the court brief.

In a report released Wednesday EPA Inspector General found that the EPA failed to follow the Data Quality Act and its own peer review process when it issued the determination that greenhouse gases cause harm to “pubic health and welfare.”

“I appreciate the inspector general conducting a thorough investigation into the Obama-EPA’s handling of the endangerment finding for greenhouse gases,” Senator Inhofe said. “This report confirms that the endangerment finding, the very foundation of President Obama’s job-destroying regulatory agenda, was rushed, biased, and flawed. It calls the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process into question and undermines the credibility of the endangerment finding.

According to Inhofe, Jackson has failed in her 2009 vow to commit the Agency to high transparency standards. The senator will instruct the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to hold hearings to investigate the EPA’s failings.

 Please note that the costs above do not take into account the cost to business of filling out all the paper work that the EPA needs of hire staff to process. Since EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has admitted before the Environmental and Public Works] committee, these regulations will have no affect on the climate,  I suggest  that we just put these unenforceable regulations in file 13 and forget the whole mess. They EPA will not need more staff and business will save $300 to $400 billion a year not complying to regulation that will not have any impact on the climate.

I am voting with George, the EPA has out lived it’s usefulness.

H/T to regular readers that brought this issue to my attention.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to EPA Update: An agency our of control — its time to go!

  1. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    here here

  2. RL Crabb says:

    Yeah, I’m sure that industry will do a bang-up job regulating themselves. Ever heard of Love Canal?

  3. Russ says:


    It is true some regulation is required, but the EPA has gone too far. They are putting in place regulations to control climate change and by their own admission will not impact the climate, so why are we regulating something we cannot control? I am sure we can control the dumping of dangerous chemicals, and that would be legitimate use of government regulations, but why the Federal government, each state has an environmental protection organization. Let the states handle it, why do we need multiple layers of two diget regulators, one layer should be enough.

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